So I had a pretty good day today. I won’t going imto any of the details here, but I am making headway on one of one of big goals that I alluded to in a previous post, and I am experiencing God’s favor as I move forward in faith with it. Of course, there is a fair amount of work that I need to do as well (as learning something new is both exciting and challenging), but so far I’m enjoying the journey.
I was reflecting on why the Lord led me down this particular path – why me, and why now? Why am I pursuing this new opportunity during this season of my life?
When you get down to it, it fundamentally means that I have a desire to be helpful and to continue to learn and grow (these things go hand-in-hand). The moment that we stop learning and decide that we already know it all, then we immediately began to stagnate. I don’t ever want that to happen to me!
Accordingly, I decided to do a search in the Bible on the word “learn,” and this was one of the verses that popped up in my search:
I know that the font is fairly small and may be hard to read here, so I will restate the verse below. It can be found in from the book of Titus, chapter 3, and says that
Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives (Titus 3:14, NIV).
So in case you were wondering what the purpose of your life is, you need search no longer. We are not here just to satisfy our own needs and desires; God has placed each one of us in a specific sphere of influenc so that we can do at verse suggests:
- Keep learning and seeking out opportunities where God can use us to be a blessing in the lives of others, and
- Be productive! The Lord does not want us sitting on the sidelines while life simply passes us by.
It’s fascinating to me that one of the first verbs that we encounter in this verse is the word “learn”. This tells me that this others-focused mindset is something that must be sought out and acquired; left to our own devices, we tend to be preoccupied with oir own needs, rather than seeing how we can be of help to others. Once we have adopted this mindset, then God can use us to bless those around us, and also to have full lives that profoundly impact our families, workplaces, and communities.
So that’s why I’m here, anyway. I’m spending all this time learning something new so that I can continue to grow and learn, so I can ultimately use these skills I am acquiring to keep myself sharp and to benefit others.
And do you know what the upside is? As I continue to grow and step out in faith – which in itself is not easy – I’m somehow blessedin the process as well! Isn’t it amazing how God’s economy works when we do things His way?
Dear Lord, I thank You for the important reminder that I’m to go through life in a very purposeful and intentional way. Continue to plant in me a desire to learn and try new things, and to see how I can use these newly discovered abilities to be a blessing to others. Along the way, I trust that You will continue to prosper the work of my hands so that my basic needs (and sometimes, some of my wants!) are met as well.
Finally, thank You for this reminder that I am to be a productive and fruitful person. Help me to not confuse productivity and busyness – they certainly are not the same thing! Remind me to keep my mind focused on the things that You’ve called me to, and not be distracted by the noise of this world that directs my attentiom away from You. In Your name I pray, Amen.